he replied : " Both the German and Polish Committees are remarkably
shy bodies, and I don't know anyone who has managed to contact them."*
The * shy body 5 of the Polish Committee , . . impossible to locate and
quite inaccessible., as indeed was any department of the Comintern to the
man-in-the-streetj showed a remarkable zeal in its propaganda. Im-
mediately after the severance of the Polish-Russian relations,, Izvestia
published a violent attack in a typical Soviet article, supposedly written by
the chairman Colonel Wasilewska, although it was a style she had hitherto
never adopted. The whole point of the article lay in its last sentences,
in which the supposed authoress stressed a flagrant untruth, namely, that
the Polish Government " has forced the Polish soldiers, eager for battle,
into inactivity," and furthermore she requested the Soviet Government
to allow " the Poles residing in the Soviet Union ... to fight for (their)
homeland, arms in hand, shoulder to shoulder with the Soviet citizens
of all nationalities (therefore, as an integral part of the Red Army) and
to replace the Polish Army who had been transferred to Iran." This
article ended with the sentence which Stalin had used in his reply to the
congratulatory telegram received from Herr Ribbentrop on his birthday
in 1939. Only here the word c German' had been substituted for f the
Polish people.' The sentence ran : "... the friendship of the Polish
(German) and Soviet peoples, cemented with blood ... is unshakeable.
We know that this friendship will grow."f
The Soviet Wolna Polska (Free Poland} published a series of articles in
which their political programme was shewn to be the same as that of any
other democratic country. Every Pole would endorse the statement that
nine-tenths of the quoted programme had always been the policy of each
successive Polish Government. The Editors declared their wish to see
the restoration of Poland as an " independent country that would neither
be an instrument nor an object of foreign imperialism/' "A Poland
strong, as the result of friendly relations with all her Allies/' a " democratic,
parliamentary and just country," " where all citizens will have equal
rights, irrespective of their nationality or religion." The Editors of this
paper wanted to give the peasant his own plot of land, completely at
variance with the Soviet action already undertaken in the Eastern half of
Poland, where masses of peasants had been expelled, and their * plots of
land * taken for collective farms.
There was no mention in this paper of the Soviet's desire for a Com-
* Daily Herald, February 28th, 1944.
f TMs article was re-published in London by the Communist Party of Great
Britain in pamphlet form entitled * The Voice of Free Poland/ price one penny.
It was one example of the support given by the * British * Party to the chauvinist
claims of the Soviets against Poland.
The amount of articles and radio speeches (not taking into consideration the
books) published in the Soviet Union, tinder the name of "Wanda Wasilewska* and
interviews and speeches under the name of Berling^ exceeded the work of several
dozen average journalists.